Vikings Season 4 Part 2 will be back before you know it.

Season 4 is conquering television. The History Channel added four additional episodes to its original order of sixteen. New episodes will air every Thursday starting February 18 for ten weeks with the remaining episodes to air later in the year. The move follows the trend of many series that are choosing to split their story arcs this way, allowing for a “mid-season finale” and fewer re-runs during their airing.

With the success of the show and with star Travis Fimmel about to appear in the upcoming Warcraft movie, the additional episodes come as no surprise.Vikings season 4 will also add Peter Franzén as King Harold Finehair, Jasper Pääkkönen as Halfdan the Black, and Dianne Doan as Yidu. The show follows an ongoing family saga among the remarkable lives and epic adventures of the Vikings during the Dark Ages.

At the moment, History has not specified much in terms of a return date, but they have said in the past that the second batch of episodes will air this fall. Specifically what we know is that there is a major time jump, and as a result of that we will see many characters in different places than they were through the first half of this season or really the entire series. We will see more of Rollo, Ragnar challenging anyone who wants to take his kingdom from him, Lagertha and Aslaug will battle it out for the title of Queen and now that his sons are all grown up they will have a much larger role.

In the end, it may be easy to call this necessary when you think for a minute or two about the entire history of Ragnar, or at least what we know about it. There is so much more than happened beyond just a short period of time, and if we were moving at the pace we are now “Vikings” would have to be the longest-running series in history to cover all of it. Moving time forward allows the show to skip more to some of the most important stuff down the line.

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